Fighting the flu with Centra Care #throughglass

[Big shout out to Central Florida Top Five for the head’s up!]

Getting sick when you don’t have insurance is just a pain. An all-around, expensive pain. In Central Florida you can get a flu shot pretty much anywhere; your doctor’s office, a walk-in clinic, CVS, Walgreens, Target. Depending on where you go, without insurance, a single shot can cost up to $40! We don’t have $40 just lying around so $40 is a lot of money. What if you’re unemployed and are trying to support a family? The total cost can skyrocket!

Here’s where our pals at Centra Care come in. For one, their flu shots are only $25. If you’re a senior and bring along your Primary Medicare card, there’s no out-of-pocket costs. If you can’t swing $25, there is still good news out there…

For the past 12 years, tens of thousands of flu shots have been donated to the community on a first come, first served basis. This year, thankfully, is no exception as Centra Care has teams up with Florida Hospital Urgent Care and Get Healthy Florida to do it all again.

Remaining Fast & Free Flu Shot Dates:

I went through and, according to Google Glass’s count, it took me 3 minutes and 20 seconds, from handing over my paperwork (name, zip code, sex, how/where you found out about the event email address) to getting my copy of said paperwork. So simple. Finding parking took longer! Pro tip: While Centra Care always schedules a bunch of people for the shot tent, these public events DO get busy. Make sure to plan your time accordingly… just in case.

Fast and Free Flu Shot Process (very strategic process)

  1. Fill out the simple form
  2. Go to the next available person (‘shot caller?’ HA!)  under the tent
  3. Have a seat
  4. Get stuck
  5. Once adhesive bandaged, say thank you!
  6. Go on with your day

Easy, right? It helps that I was there early I suppose but still, the process was figuratively and literally painless. Check out some embarrassingly (naked) arm shots below…

What does the flu shot DO?

Here’s the official word from the CDC: The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine. 

Who SHOULD get a flu shot?

Great question! Centra Care recommends everyone 6-months and older can get a free flu shot at any one of the scheduled Fast & Free Flu Shot clinics. Because last year’s flu season impacted younger adults in particular, Centra Care physicians want to remind Central Floridians that the single best protection against the flu is the flu shot, even for healthy children and adults. And since the flu virus changes every year (Movie idea! Flu Shot: Tokyo Drift?), you need a new vaccination each year.

Who SHOULD NOT get a flu shot?

According to the CDC’s recommendations, individuals in the ‘high risk‘ category for flu-related complications (or live/care for those at risk) are;

  • Pregnant women
  • Kids >5 years old, especially younger than 2 years
  • People who are 50+
  • Those with chronic conditions
  • Nursing or long-term care residents
  • Caregivers or household members including healthcare workers, out of home caregivers of children >6 months
  • (For more specific questions, please call the CDC directly at 1-800-409-3804)

Pro Tip #2: Centra Care sends out a weekly newsletter called “What’s Going Around?” It’s VERY helpful to learn what bugs are flying around and where. There are three newsletters; Central Florida, Tampa Bay and Volusia County. You have the option of picking one or all three newsletters. 

For more info about Centra Care’s Fast & Free Flu Shots, please call (407) 833-9201 or visit the Get Healthy Florida Facebook Page.